12 April 1996

Family feel

for B&B in Thames Valley

MARY Anne Florey has been providing farmhouse bed and breakfast for the past five years and is one of the many B&B proprietors who only have a couple of guest rooms.

She offers one twin and one double room at Rectory Farm, a 16th century, stone-built farmhouse next to the church in the little village of Northmoor, near Witney, Oxon. Each room has an ensuite shower room and a distinctive charm of its own.

Her guests also enjoy the comfort of a dining/sitting room set aside for their use. This has a family feel to it with a large dining table as a centre piece, to be shared by the occupants of both rooms.

Family style

Theres a handsome antique sideboard at one end of the room and a woodburning stove at the other, around which are ranged easy chairs and a settee. Theres a TV set here and lots of welcoming touches.

Country walks and fishing in the Thames are among the pursuits offered and Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and the City of Oxford among the nearby tourist attractions.

Mary Anne and her husband Robert are the third generation of Floreys at Rectory farm. They raise cereal crops and beef cattle and the special pride of Robert and their two young sons is a small herd of pedigree Devon cattle.

Mary Anne is the contact for the Thames Valley group of the Farm Holiday Bureau and her accommodation has two crowns and a highly commended grading.

Inquiries (01865-300207).

Mary Anne and Robert Florey at Rectory Farm, Northmoor. The farmhouse home has two en suite rooms and a dining/sitting room for paying guests.